Rescue at sea

Good news this time! A rescue at sea by Carnival. We hear about the bad things so often it is nice to see the positive.

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True, so very true.


Good stuff!!...not that they had any choice...any vessel that doesn't come to the aid of a stricken could just imagine the negative press THAT would generate...since they had to reverse course to do it, wonder if some bean counter figured the additional cost of fuel used, plus whatever it took to get them back on schedule. What would've happened if the rescue took longer than planned, or they ran into weather they might've avoided, and the ship was late getting home. missed connections etc etc...all kinds of folks making demands of folks know how it goes...

True and many passengers get upset because things may not be "perfect". Fortunately. I have heard no negative comments about this one and I am happy it all turned out on the positive side.

Sometimes these rescues do give one a good feeling-----"North Atlantic off of Greenland----Had somewhat of a "fright" this morning on the good ship Royal Princess. Around 10:00 AM the Captain suddenly came on the PA system and announced "Man Overboard", starboard side. Wow, and it was no drill either. All our years on the high seas and never experienced one of those before.

I was in our cabin, grabbed the binoculars and ran out onto our balcony, we are on the starboard. The ship had just started to make a huge circle to the starboard, they had thrown a smoke flare overboard at first notice, tied to a buoy. The ship has two rescue boats, one on each side, these are designed for high seas rough water emergencies. By the time I was at the rail this boat was on its way down to the sea with three rescue personnel on board. Sort of sent chills up my spine to see the flare burning in our wake and no person in sight.

As it turned out the person who had sounded the alarm had spotted a red lobster pot float and thought it was a life jacket. Anyway, it all took about an hour and a half as everyone had to return to their staterooms in order to get a head count. A big Carnival Cruise Line ship came up to assist in the search during all this." This response and all sort of made me feel better about the ship's emergency readiness."

That certainly was a positive response...if it was actually a person, there would have been a traffic jam over the rescue....j/k....

Here is an artist's concept in paint of a real abandon ship. Happened to Holland American Line's cruise ship, the then Prinsendam, on the way to Japan in October 1980. The ship caught fire and eventually sank. Happy ending though, all were saved.

It was southwest of Yakutat in the Gulf of Alaska at the time. A super tanker from Valdez was nearby and with US Coast Guard helicopters were able to save all. The tanker returned to Valdez along with this lifeboat and all passengers and crew, somewhere over 600. There were 87 on board this lifeboat for a time, its max capacity was sixty.

2018  Valdez museum 022.JPG

Kudos to Carnival.


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